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While I thought this discussion was worthy of airtime, and I am all for cross party cooperation and civility, I was very frustrated that the budget question was reduced to taxes/revenue vs spending on social entitlement programs. How can we discuss balancing the budget without at least mentioning spending on so-called "defense". Has this become untouchable? Unmentionable? To me, it was the elephant in the room throughout the discussion. Surely, if it was not mentioned by the guests, Ms Tippett has a duty as a journalist to raise it.